Public frustration over vaccine rollout: Americans are frustrated with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and view it as disorganized and too slow, according to a new Morning Consult poll conducted as the pace of immunizations picks up in the United States. As of Friday morning, nearly 6.7 million people had received their first shot, a pace that is increasing by the day but remains far behind federal health officials’ goal of 20 million by the end of December. The public is keenly aware: 3 in 5 adults described the rollout as frustrating, according to the survey, while more than half said it has been disorganized or too slow and 40 percent said the United States was doing a worse job than other countries.
New low for Trump: Net approval for President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus hit an all-time low among registered voters at minus-24, with 36 percent approving and 60 percent disapproving of his performance. The drop in net approval, which was minus-18 the previous week, was fueled by a record-low mark from Republican voters with a net approval of plus-46 (71 percent approve, 25 percent disapprove), down from plus-61 last week. Independents are increasingly souring on Trump’s handling of the pandemic as well, as net approval among those voters fell in a week from minus-22 to minus-34, the second-lowest mark from the group since Morning Consult began tracking the question in late February.
Vaccine check-in part I: The share of Republicans who said they’d get a COVID-19 vaccine reached 51 percent, topping 1 in 2 for the first time since the end of October, though that share has held relatively stable for weeks. A 17-point gap remains between Republicans and Democrats, 68 percent of whom said they’d get vaccinated.
Vaccine check-in part II: The share of Black adults who said they’d get a COVID-19 vaccine fell 10 percentage points over the past week, with 34 percent now saying they would get inoculated. That figure is the lowest mark for Black adults since the end of November, when 32 percent said they would get vaccinated.
Risk factor: About 2 in 5 adults said COVID-19 presents a severe risk in their local community, a share that has remained unchanged in recent weeks even as the pandemic worsens across the country. One in 3 Republicans said the coronavirus is a severe local risk, compared with more than 1 in 2 Democrats.